Some Info on WWI

We are currently in the 100th year anniversary of WWI, a war that I think often gets forgotten in the wake of the horrors of WWII. I recently read a couple of things that showed me exactly how little knowledge there is not only of this war, but of history in general. I thought it might be helpful to post a couple of simple, straightforward videos on the origins of WWI. These are not painful to watch and in fact are actually quite entertaining. Maybe it will help increase readers’ knowledge base. I agree with the narrator of one of these videos: WWI was the seminal event of the 20th century. We should know what caused it and what happened.

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Here’s a discussion (quite an entertaining one no less) on factors that led to the start of WWI:

Here’s another (love this series):

(There’s one error: it wasn’t Alexander the II who was forced to accept an impotent parliament, it was Nicholas the II. I think it was just a slip of the tongue on the narrator’s part. The creators of the cartoons own up to errata here and also provide interesting and random facts that didn’t make it into the main videos. I particularly like the conclusion he comes to at the very end. Watch all the other videos first though before watching this one.: ).

Here’s part II:

and part III (they’re very short):

and the final part IV:

I particularly like the second video in that it points to the long range, inter-generational impact of WWI – not just that it led to WWII, but that the entire face of the 20th century up to and including our generation would likely have been completely different but for this war. It changed everything.

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Posted on July 31, 2016, in Misc., Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Have you made it to the WWI memorial, yet? I’ve been curious since I told you about it.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      Not yet. I’m hoping to soon. what i’d really like to do is a full pilgrimage to Somme, Verdun, and several other battlefields before 1918…but i may not be able to until later. I’d like to pour out offerings where so many of the dead fell….

      reading a very good book on the origins of WWI, something a friend recommended, “The Guns of August” by B. Tuchman, which i highly recommend for anyone interested. It’s a classic in the field, but I’d never actually read it. (Fixing that now :)).

      the WWI dead have been incredibly present of late…

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  2. With your love of art and history I recommend two graphic novels: It Was The War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi and Joe Sacco’s The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme. The beauty of their art with the horror of the topic will blow you away.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      I’ll check them out but I tend to dislike graphic novels…i was never into manga or comic books….too little linear text. lol. still, i have been impressed with the art of several..will definitely look these up.

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  3. I really dig Extra Credits for their making history more accessible. After digging into WWI history last year and again this one, it was good to hear a relatively accurate summary of events. I’m working my way through The Guns of August now, and finding it fascinating and powerful by turns so far.

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